Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Doctors sue to overturn Obamacare

reprinted from OneNewsNow.com
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Another complaint was filed Friday by a group of nearly 5,000 American physicians as the lawsuits continue to pile up in an effort to overturn the new healthcare reform legislation.

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) is the first medical society to sue to overturn the newly enacted healthcare bill. Dr. Jane Orient, executive director of AAPS, says several issues are of concern.

"It's an issue of freedom, it's an issue of saving the country from bankruptcy, it's an issue of access to medical care -- all of these things," she says. "This bill is a monstrous threat to Americans; and the more they find out about it, the more they dislike it [and] the more they fear it."

Dr. Orient further explains that the legislation is unconstitutional on several grounds. "There are no enumerated powers anywhere in the Constitution for the government to force people to buy insurance or to allow the government to intervene in the relationships between patients and physicians," she argues.

"In addition it violates the Tenth Amendment [by] putting a lot of unfunded mandates on the states. It's usurping the role of the states in regulating both insurance and medical practice."

Orient says courts should not allow what she calls "this massive intrusion into the practice of medicine and the rights of patients." She also predicts "a dire shortage" of physicians and "the end of freedom in medicine as we know it" if the legislation is not challenged and overturned in courts.

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons maintains an archive of what it calls "myth busters" about the healthcare reform legislation.